The Federal Government’s Human Resources Agency
Benefits Administration Letter
Number: 10-401 Date: July 28, 2010
ubject: 2010 Federal Benefits Open Season: Announcement
Welcome to the first in our series of 2010 Open Season Benefits Administration Letters (BAL).
This BAL provides general information about this year’s Federal Benefits Open Season, which
runs from Monday, November 8, 2010 through Monday, December 13, 2010. Please ensure
your employees are aware of the dates of Open Season, how to make changes, and which
changes they can make.
On April 19, 2010, OPM issued a proposed regulation in the Federal Register (Vol. 75, No. 74
page 20,314) to change the Federal Benefits Open Season dates to November 1st through
November 30th of each year. If this proposed regulation is finalized, the change in Open Season
dates would begin with the 2011 Open Season for the 2012 plan year.
We will issue guidance on how the new health reform law affects the Federal benefit programs
in subsequent BALs.
OPEN SEASON OPPORTUNITIES
During the annual Open Season, employees can take the actions listed below for the Federal
Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS), Federal Employees Dental and Vision
Insurance Program (FEDVIP), and the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHB).
1. Enroll in a flexible spending account – a health care and/or dependent care account,
under the FSAFEDS Program. Unlike with other programs, employees MUST reenroll in
FSAFEDS each year to participate. Enrollments DO NOT carry over year to year.
2. Enroll in, change, or cancel an existing enrollment in a dental plan under the FEDVIP
3. Enroll in, change, or cancel an existing enrollment in a vision plan under the FEDVIP
4. Enroll in, change, or cancel an existing enrollment in a health plan under the FEHB